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1929, United Artists, 63 min, USA, Dir: Sam Taylor

“America’s Sweetheart” may have seemed an unusual choice to play a fiery female, but the Mary Pickford-Douglas Fairbanks team proves unbeatable in this adaptation of the classic Shakespearean comedy. In 16th-century Italy, the bold Petruchio (Fairbanks) rises to the challenge of wooing shrewish Katherine (Pickford), whose headstrong ways have driven off all other suitors. The first sound version of the play on film, this version was originally shot as a silent film, with all the dialogue and sound effects added at a later stage. This was the only film the famous couple made together and the first sound film for Fairbanks.

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